Taipei, Tuesday, May 3, 2016 22:31 (GMT+8)
thunderstorms
Taipei
27°C
Digitimes Research: Youngfast, Melfas looking beyond G1F touch
Jason Young, DIGITIMES Research, Taipei [Thursday 3 July 2014]

The G1F touch technology, which is composed of a glass-type touch sensor and a thin-film touch sensor, is gradually losing its competitiveness in the face of GFF and OGS touch.

Prices for the traditional GFF, which is composed of a dual layer of ITO film sensors,have been falling fast, while OGS has seen improved yield rate and ruggedness.

Currently, major G1F touch panel suppliers, Taiwan-based Youngfast and Korea-based Melfas, are turning their focuses to metal-mesh thin-film-type touch panel and single-layer-multi-points thin-film-type touch panel production, respectively, and Digitimes Research believes the new technologies will offer the two suppliers new business opportunities.

Youngfast's glass-type touch sensor production capacity, which was originally established to help the maker own a complete supply chain for G1F touch panel production, is able to supply about 150,000 tablet-use touch panels per month currently. With the G1F technology losing out in the market, Youngfast is expected to continue strengthening its GFF touch panel production, focus on mass producing OGS touch panels using its existing glass-type touch panel capacity, and cooperate with Japan-based Fujifilm to start metal-mesh thin-film-type touch panel production.

In the future, Youngfast's OGS and metal-mesh product lines are expected to replace G1F ones in the maker's offerings for the mid-range to high-end tablet segments.

Although Youngfast's OGS touch panels have not yet received any orders for Microsoft's new tablet, China-based Lenovo's branch in Japan has adopted the maker's metal-mesh touch panels for its high-end Thinkpad Tablet series. Because of the series' high-end configuration, Youngfast is only supplying 40,000-50,000 touch panels each month currently.

As for Melfas, the company used to manufacture touchscreen ICs and following its entry into G1F touch panel production in 2013, the maker has seen staggering growth in revenues. However, due to poor yield rates, the company did not achieve profitable operation until the third quarter of 2013.

As its main client Samsung stopped adopting G1F touch panels for its products, Melfas, using its touchscreen IC manufacturing experience, entered single-layer multi-points thin-film-type touch panel production in March 2014 and is targeting mainly Samsung's entry-level/mid-range smartphone supply chain.

Despite fierce price competitions from China-based makers such as Toptouch, Melfas continues to enjoy a good share of shipments thanks to Samsung's policy of protecting local component suppliers.

Content from this article was part of a complete Digitimes Research Chinese-language report that has not yet been translated into English. If you are interested in an English version of the report or wish to receive more information about the report, click here to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Digitimes Research also provides quarterly tracking services for market sectors such as Global Tablet, China Smartphone, China Smartphone AP, Taiwan ICT and Taiwan FPD. Click here for more information about Digitimes Research Tracking services.

Topics: Page 2

Realtime news
  • Taiwan market: HTC launches 2 new mid-range smartphones

    Mobile + telecom - Newswatch | 27min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Taiwan sees decreased 1Q16 shipments of small- to medium-size panels

    Displays | 1h 10min ago

  • Several China vendors launch 2-in-1s, gaming notebooks via Intel support

    Before Going to Press | 1h 44min ago

  • Danen Technology sees increased April revenues

    Before Going to Press | 1h 45min ago

  • Digitimes Research: Global notebook shipments to grow 9.7% sequentially in 2Q16

    Before Going to Press | 1h 46min ago

  • Global tablet shipments in 1Q16 estimated at 39.6 million units, says IDC

    Before Going to Press | 1h 47min ago

  • HMI to see strong rebound in 2Q16, says report

    Before Going to Press | 1h 48min ago

  • Edison Opto suffers net loss per share of NT$0.26 for 1Q16

    Before Going to Press | 1h 48min ago

  • Advantech nets NT$2.08 per share for 1Q16

    Before Going to Press | 1h 49min ago

  • Gintech Energy posts 1Q16 net EPS of NT$1.16

    Before Going to Press | 1h 49min ago

  • Acer steps into digital signage via cooperation with AOpen

    Before Going to Press | 1h 50min ago

  • TSMC to withdraw form Motech board of directors

    Before Going to Press | 1h 50min ago

  • GlobalWafers nets NT$0.78 per share for 1Q16

    Before Going to Press | 1h 51min ago

  • Quanta Computer denies reported layoffs

    Before Going to Press | 1h 52min ago

  • Global Ultra HD TV panel shipments in 1Q16 hike 77%, says Sigmaintell

    Before Going to Press | 1h 53min ago

  • China market: Xiaomi to launch new smartphones with in-house developed APs

    Before Going to Press | 1h 53min ago

  • Asustek Computer leads gaming notebook sales

    Before Going to Press | 1h 54min ago

  • Apacer 1Q16 EPS hits 5-quarter high

    Before Going to Press | 1h 55min ago

  • FocalTech looks to double-digit revenue growth in 2Q16

    Before Going to Press | 1h 56min ago

  • China market: More white-box handset makers to phase out of market

    Before Going to Press | 1h 56min ago

  • Adata 1Q16 profits soar

    Before Going to Press | 1h 59min ago

Pause
 | 
View more

Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2016

RESEARCH EXTRAS | Apr 1, 15:47

Strong demand from the cloud computing market helped Taiwan's server shipments grow 12.5% on year to break 10 million units in 2015, accounting for 90.7% of worldwide shipments and the percentage is expected to grow to 91.1% in 2016. This Digitimes Research Special...

China smartphone touch-panel industry 2016 forecast

CHINA SMARTPHONE | Feb 6, 17:23

In 2016, China's smartphone panel capacity is expected to increase steadily, with BOE and Tianma expanding 6G capacity and GVO and Truly Optoelectronics increasing their share of handset panel production. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the key...

Taiwan LCD TVs – 1Q 2016

TAIWAN DISPLAY SYSTEM | Apr 29, 14:01

Taiwan's LCD TV shipments decreased 28.2% sequentially and 1.7% on year to reach 7.35 million units in the first quarter of 2016.

Taiwan LCD monitors - 1Q 2016

TAIWAN DISPLAY SYSTEM | Apr 27, 13:37

Taiwan makers saw relatively strong sales in the first quarter of 2016, which helped their inventory return to healthier levels.

Taiwan handsets – 4Q 2015

TAIWAN MOBILE DEVICE | Mar 1, 15:13

Taiwan's handset ODMs all saw significant decreases in their shipments in the fourth quarter of 2015, as clients reduced orders. Its handset brand vendors saw better results, but the increases in their shipments were hardly enough to offset the ODMs' poor resu...

Innodisk Corporation
Trends and forecasts for the China FPD industry, 2014-2017
The transition to 4k TV - UHD TV market forecast, 2014-2017
  • Wireless broadband developments in Southeast Asia markets

    As of 2013, the 10 ASEAN nations had a total of over 700 million mobile subscriptions, with the CAGR from 2003-2013 reaching 24%. This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the various mobile broadband markets in ASEAN and looks at the respective trends in 4G LTE development for those markets.

  • 2015 global tablet demand forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report provides a 2015 forecast for the global tablet market and analyzes the strategies of key market players such as Google, Apple, Intel, and Microsoft.

  • 2015 China smartphone panel trend forecast

    This Digitimes Research Special Report analyzes the strategies of key China-based major panel makers BOE, Tianma and IVO for attacking the different market segments through technology and pricing, and their relationship to local vendors Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Xiaomi and Coolpad.